Laura Ilene Kesser

by | Dec 21, 2012 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Laura Ilene Kesser, 52, of the 4900 block of Lauderdale Avenue, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

She was a native of Norfolk and was preceded in death by her husband Jeffrey Haspel.

Laura went to Norfolk public schools and graduated from Old Dominion University in 1982 with honors. She was a most successful mortgage broker and earned a spot in the top award circles both locally and nationally. She was known for her diligence, her integrity, her knowledge of the field and her willingness to go the extra mile for all of her clients. Laura worked most recently with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Company, Virginia Beach for the past four years as a senior mortgage loan officer.

She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple, the Chesapeake Beach Civic League and many other civic and professional organizations.

Laura was a member of the Chicks Beach family for over 20 years. She was a generous soul who never met a person she didn’t make one of her own. Laura’s home was always open to her friends for whatever the occasion. She was a loving human being who shared her many gifts with all who needed a kind word or helping hand. Laura enjoyed the beach life, she enjoyed the people, and she was a vital part of the community.

She will be missed by her parents, Dr. Howard and Arlene Berman Kesser, her sister, Sharon Kesser Laderberg and husband Bruce, all of Norfolk, her nephews and nieces, Jodi, Danny, Kevin and Beth and a host of many loving family members and friends. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, friend and our fervent hope is that she is at peace.

Memorial Services were held at Temple Israel. Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Rabbi Michael Panitz and Cantor Wally Schachet- Briskin officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen, Tidewater Affiliate, 5295 Greenwich Road, Suite 105, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at